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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 7 E 22

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Release: November 4, 2014

Focus: Nostalgic commercials

Tagline: Nostalgic Commercials have returned, and they’re stranger than ever!

This review contains examples of:

  • Accidental Innuendo: "Close your eyes, and open your mouth..." and "Don't you put it in your mouth!"
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The computer voice controlling the video at the beginning says, "If we wish to annoy you, we will add obnoxious popup ads. If we wish to infuriate you, we will load the video even slower so that all you can see is that annoying circle. If we wish to confuse you, we will satirize a show that was popular in the '60s but you'll still kinda get because you saw it on that Simpsons Halloween episode."
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  • Brain Bleach: In response to the Canadian PSA about not putting things in your mouth, the Critic's first reaction is to take off his glasses and rub his eyes vigorously, as if to get this painful sight out of his head.
  • Brown Note: The Nintendo Australia "YOU CANNOT BEAT US!" ad has Critic go to the toilet twice to shit his pants while screaming in a very high pitch.
  • Call-Back: After seeing a Canadian PSA (the rather surreal "Don't You Put it in Your Mouth" skit from the Concerned Children's Advertisers [now Companies Committed to Kids]), the Critic harks back to another Canadian PSA (the infamous "Rape Whistle" skit from the Canadian Women's Foundation) from his previous commercials episode.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": During the Summer's Eve "Freshness" commercial, which features the question "Do you douche?", the Critic cracks up every time he hears the word "douche" in the commercial, and he is not really able to maintain his composure after that.
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  • Kubrick Stare: The Critic gives one at the end of the Macintosh commercial. See New Media Are Evil below.
  • Lampshade The Obscure Reference: He assumes that most of his target audience won't know what his intro is spoofing, but will still kinda get it because it was parodied in one of the Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episodes.
  • New Media Are Evil: During the Macintosh advertisement, the Critic explains that the commercial has lived up to its claim that 1984 wasn't going to be like George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, for, as we can clearly see today, no longer are people lined up like cattle for hours and hours on end! (picture of large crowds outside an Apple Store) No longer will people dress alike in cold, colorless environments! (pictures of Apple employees all wearing blue shirts, and the bland interior walls of an Apple store) No longer will any cultish-style groups gather together to honor a grand controversial leader (pictures of: 1) people wearing iPhone hats, 2) a man with the Apple logo shaved into the back of his head, and 3) Steve Jobs)! And most importantly, no longer will we be brain-dead, lifeless zombies who plug ourselves into the machine of life we can also call "The System".
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  • Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe, the Critic clearly considers the Nintendo "YOU CANNOT BEAT US" ad to be this.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: His reaction to the Lalaloopsy "Diaper Surprise" commercial, which actually ends with him disgustedly repeating "Just... no!" over and over by the end of it.
  • Pink Product Ploy: One of the things the critic covers while comparing girls' toys to boys' toys.
  • Shout-Out
  • Very False Advertising: In the Skip-It commercial, the Critic mentions that no one he knew could ever get the hang of the Skip-It. He discusses this with a parody called "Trip-It", where the CEO gets sued for false advertising.
  • The Voiceless: Malcolm and Tamara notably have no lines.

"Han!!!" "Rookie."
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